Mary Franson

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Mary Franson
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 8B
Incumbent
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Minnesota
Personal
BirthdayMarch 1, 1977
ProfessionCredit Representative/Licensed Childcare Provider
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Mary Franson (b. March 1, 1977) is a Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 8B. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Biography

Franson earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Humanities from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Her professional experience includes working as a credit representative with AT&T and a licensed childcare provider.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Franson served on the following committees:

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Early Childhood and Youth Development Policy
Health and Human Services Policy
Higher Education Finance and Policy

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Franson served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Franson's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Strengthening our Economy

  • Excerpt: "Mary believes state government should hold the line on tax increases and live within its means – just like families in Douglas and Otter Tail counties do every day."

Job Creation is a Top Priority

  • Excerpt: "Mary has worked to remove regulations that stifle business growth and expansion. When our small-town main streets prosper, we all prosper!"

Making Good Schools Even Better

  • Excerpt: "Mary Franson will work to secure fair education funding and ensure there is reform and accountability for every dollar spent. Mary supports high academic standards and challenging coursework to prepare students to compete in the global economy."

Standing Up for Family Farmers and Agriculture

  • Excerpt: "Mary knows farmers are the best stewards of the land. She will work to roll back excessive state regulations and ensure the PCA, DNR and Department of Agriculture serve as partners who assist – not hinder – farmers and their ag operations."

Ensuring Affordable Healthcare

  • Excerpt: "Minnesota has the best health care in the world, but we need to make it more accessible and affordable through competition in the health insurance market – not through a government takeover. Government-run health care limits treatment options and leads to rationing."

Elections

2014

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Minnesota House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on August 12, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Jay Sieling is unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Mary Franson is unopposed in the Republican primary.[2]

2012

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Franson won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 8B. He was unopposed in the Republican primary on August 7 and defeated Bob Cunniff (D) in the general election on November 6.[3][4][5]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 8B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMary Franson Incumbent 50% 10,640
     Democratic Bob Cunniff 50% 10,629
Total Votes 21,269

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Franson won election to the District 11B seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. She defeated Amy Hunter (DFL) and Bert Pexsa (Independence Party of Minnesota) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 11B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Amy Hunter (DFL) 5,147 32.88%
Green check mark transparent.png Mary Franson (R) 7,798 49.81%
Bert Pexsa (Independence) 2,680 17.12%
Write-In 29 0.19%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Franson is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Franson raised a total of $68,848 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 1, 2013.[7]

Mary Franson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 8B Won $45,409
2010 Minnesota State House, District 11B Won $23,439
Grand Total Raised $68,848

2012

Franson won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Franson raised a total of $45,409.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mary Franson's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$3,256
House Republican Campaign Committee$3,150
Douglas County RPM$1,800
Hoffman, Gretchen Senate Dist. 10 Committee$500
Corle, Loren$500
Total Raised in 2012$45,409
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Franson won election to the Minnesota State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Franson raised a total of $23,439.

Scorecards

Taxpayers League of Minnesota

The Taxpayers League of Minnesota, a Minnesota-based taxpayer advocacy organization, releases a legislative scorecard for the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota State Senate once a year. The scorecard gives each legislator a score based on how they voted in the prior legislative term on tax issues and “their efforts to balance the state budget without a tax increase.” The organization also compiles a legislator’s individual "Lifetime Score."[8]

2013

Franson received a score of 92% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 28th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[9]

2012

Franson received a score of 86% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 29th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[10]

2011

Franson received a score of 85% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 15th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [11]

Personal

Franson has three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Roger Crawford (R)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 8B
2011–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Mary Ellen Otremba (DFL)
Minnesota House of Representatives District 11B
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Tim Faust (DFL)